School’s efforts make a vital difference

Just Regional
Apr 16, 2020 3 mins read

Over the last fortnight, staff at Norwich School and the wider local community have come together, sourcing raw materials, funding, and assistance with manufacturing and distribution, to provide thousands of pieces of much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospices, nursing homes, hospitals and other organisations across Norfolk and beyond.

Hellesdon Medical Practice; Taverham Partnership; Paston Surgery, North Walsham; Hellesdon Hospital; and Hoveton and Wroxham Medical Centre are among more than 30 local organisations who are using, or awaiting deliveries of, face shields made by the school.

Already more than 3,600 face shields have been produced by teachers at the school, with more set to be included this week. Recipients include the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, (as well as hospitals in Essex and London), St John Ambulance, dozens of GP surgeries, and nursing and care homes across Norfolk, where the need is considered to be increasingly significant.

As news of the school’s work spread, more healthcare providers requested support and major local players including Lotus – who helped by cutting visors – and Norwich City Football Club, who assisted with distribution – stepped up. Production has therefore been scaled, enabling the school is hoping to make 3,000 more visors this week.

Face shields being worn at the Norfolk Hospice.

Matt Windle, Executive Director, Engineering (Lotus Cars) said: “Lotus’s team of staff have been coming forward over the last few weeks offering to volunteer and support the fight against covid-19 in any way they can. Working with the school, we have managed to significantly increase the production rates. I’d like to thank our team of volunteers for giving up their Easter weekend to do this. 2,000 were produced over the weekend, with more on the way.”

Staff at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital thanking everyone who helped get them these essential face shields made at Norwich School.

Ed Cann, the art and design teacher who originally set up the initiative to manufacture face shields, said: “This has been an amazing team effort. In addition to the 3,600 we have already produced, we are now making in excess of 300 visors per day and thanks to support from local businesses, this will now increase further. Special thanks need to go to Lotus and BD&H Ltd for assisting with the cutting and production of materials, along with Thompsons Packaging Ltd for supplying boxes, Meridien Office Supplies for donating materials and also to Norwich City Football Club for their delivery service. It is amazing to see the breadth of local businesses coming together to work with Norwich School in supplying the vital PPE to the NHS and other key service providers at this time.”

Libby Pearson, a GP from London, whose surgery in Fulham received several of the face shields,said: “The Norwich school masks arrived and they are fabulous. So easy to put together and easy to adjust for all size heads! My nurse, Samantha Trundley [pictured], put it on immediately and combined with the mask, apron and gloves she feels so much safer.”

Norwich School is expecting to deliver PPE to another five hospitals as well as several other surgeries before the school resumes term next week.

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